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road.jpg Transgender woman wins groundbreaking sex discrimination suit brought by ACLU: "A federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., ruled today that the Library of Congress discriminated against Diane Schroer when it offered her a job and then rescinded it after learning she was transgendered...Other courts that have considered the issue have said Congress only intended for the anti-discrimination statute to protect men and women, but not people who change their sex, the ACLU said."

Diamondroad.jpg Record-breaking white diamond found in Lesotho.

road.jpg Till Death: Portia de Rossi to become Portia DeGeneres.

road.jpg India high court sets deadline to hear arguments from government on decriminalization of homosexuality: "That the government appears to be running out of time to take a final stand on this issue also became clear on Friday when HC made it clear that it would go ahead with its verdict without reference to the stand of the Union Cabinet if it continues to sit on the issue later than the date fixed by the HC."

road.jpg A complete list of last night's Emmy Award winners...

road.jpg Christina Aguilera opts for futuristic astronaut vibe on new album.

road.jpg Anti-gay attack at Belgrade Gay Fest: "A group of 20 or so youths, wearing surgical masks and hooded tops attacked festival participants on September 19, seriously injuring one U.S. national, who suffered a broken arm and concussion, while several participants from Serbia also received minor injuries. The police, it is added, reacted quickly, one attacker was arrested, and a number of others taken in for questioning."

Cahbolthouseroad.jpg Californians Against Hate holds protest against Bolthouse Farms outside Ralph's supermarket in L.A.: "...because of a $100,000 contribution by William Bolthouse, Jr. to the Protect Marriage – Yes on Proposition 8 Campaign. William Bolthouse’s huge financial support was one of the main reasons that this constitutional initiative qualified for the November 4th ballot. His money helped enable Protect Marriage to hire hundreds of paid professional petition circulators to collect the signatures necessary to qualify this initiative for the November ballot. If passed on November 4th, Proposition 8 would eliminate same-sex marriage in California."

road.jpg Producer David Zucker on his new right-wing comedy An American Carol and being Republican in Hollywood: "Most political comedies say both sides are bad. We're saying, 'F— it.' We're taking a side...{in Hollywood] you sort of feel like you have to hide [your conservatism]. When you meet, you give each other a secret look — 'Are you a Republican, too?' It's the new gay."

road.jpg Joan Rivers addresses leather crowd at Folsom Street Fair benefit gala.

Sharkroad.jpg Damien Hirst paid $200 for the shark he sold last week in formaldehyde for $21 million.

road.jpg Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka hit the Emmy red carpet.

road.jpg Goldmine: Beckhams net $202 million on perfume line.

road.jpg Sarah Palin draws crowd of 60,000 25,000 in Florida, far exceeding the number of people Bush attracted four years ago.

road.jpg Vancouver-area high school pulls course with gay content: "The elective course, which deals with issues ranging from homophobia to animal rights, has caused controversy amongst religious groups that worry it's too malleable to the individual beliefs of teachers."

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  1. THE QUEEN: Countess, let me ask you. If somebody doesn't support gay marriage, does that mean they hate gay people?

    THE COUNTESS: Not in my humble opinion. I know many people who do not necessarily accept homosexuality but do not hate homosexuals themselves for whatever reasons, personal or religious. I suppose it's like whether or not you like a certain type of caviar. A preference, you know? Certainly one must do what one can to educate one's fellow man but also be understanding and patient at the same time. So I would have to chalk it up as a hysterical reaction to which the queens here are so prone, as you well know.


    THE QUEEN: Yes, they do go overboard sometimes. I guess you can't expect the whole world to love you.

    THE COUNTESS: Well, it's a rather infantile need at best. I think most straight people (certainly the conservative ones) regard marriage as a sacrament and it therefore has connections to the church and religion. The late great Joseph Campbell wrote extensively on this and anyone acquainted with his work would understand the situation and straight people's reaction to this issue. I've always preferred "civil unions" or "domestic partnerships" myself but do not necessarily embrace the need for gay marriage. I certainly all for the rights and privileges of any civil union but divorces are so messy you know. Why, now marriage is just not for Las Vegas showgirls, it's for your average hustler on the street. Goldiggers are goldiggers no matter what sex they may be. I mean, really!

    THE QUEEN: A revolutionary approach, my dear Countess, and one which will garner you your fair share of enemies here.

    THE COUNTESS: Tant pis! More wine, my dear?

    Posted by: the queen with the countess de gooch | Sep 22, 2008 3:56:37 PM


  2. Sis,
    at the end, what did she ask you? Do you have to piss and do you want more wine? Get her out!

    I'm very happy about the victory of the transwoman in DC. Here again: the power and the importance of the federal courts, and how those courts will affect the lives of gay and trans people. And who chooses those judges? Who do y'all want to choose them Obama/Biden or McCain/what's her name...oh, Born Again in Alaska.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 22, 2008 4:10:10 PM


  3. Sarah Palin's hacker is David Kernell, the 20-year old son of Mike Kernell, a Democrat and elected state representative in Tennessee, according to Nashville’s largest newspaper, the Tennessean.

    A well-informed Tennessee radio host Steve Gill told me this about the hacker’s dad: “He is an extremely left-wing Representative from Memphis who has been in the legislature 32 years and has never had any job other than professional politician.”

    Makes you wonder what the dad’s role was, if any…

    Posted by: oprah | Sep 22, 2008 4:38:12 PM


  4. I'm not surprised to hear about the Abbotsford School Board pulling the gay-friendly class. Abbotsford is at the heart of the BC Bible Belt.

    Posted by: Dave Rattigan | Sep 22, 2008 4:40:09 PM


  5. On David Zucker, conservative "comedy" is not funny. Anyone remember what passed for humor on Fox's horrible "Half Hour News Hour"?

    Posted by: TroyTooner | Sep 22, 2008 5:16:07 PM


  6. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are such a cute couple! Glad to see them together on the red carpet. Would be nice to see more gays bringing their significant others to those sort of events ....

    Posted by: sparks | Sep 22, 2008 5:49:39 PM


  7. As I googled "David Zucker lost touch" I found this opinion (matching mine):

    http://pwtenny.newsvine.com/_news/2008/08/08/1732220-zuckers-film-about-anti-american-liberals-is-anti-american-

    I cannot understand people like Zucker and others with such a twisted world view. Who could think 911 isn't the fault of the people in charge, but of the evil liberals ...

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 22, 2008 7:45:28 PM


  8. No, David Zucker. Republicanism is not the new gay. Republicanism is the OLD BOYS CLUB. Ain't nothing new about it.

    Posted by: Alex Sarmiento | Sep 22, 2008 10:01:32 PM


  9. This "Queen with the Countess" thing became tired before I even realized what was going on.

    Are these the writers of Zucker's new comedy?

    Posted by: Rey | Sep 23, 2008 12:16:18 AM


  10. This "Queen with the Countess" thing became tired before I even realized what was going on.

    Are these the writers of Zucker's new comedy?

    Posted by: Rey | Sep 23, 2008 12:17:00 AM


  11. Tina Fey is the best, I met her late one night in a hotel that I was employed with. She was what is called in the hotel bussiness a 'Walk-In' no resevation. She is exactly as you would expect a classy lady who is charming and kind. Her name however is not Tina, her Amex reads 'Elizabeth Fey' which caused me to ask if she was related to Tina Fey? She was very modest(don't hide your light Tina)she asked if I didn't regognize her as Tina but I said no, It is the name (on the CC)Then went on to tell her how my sister's once having had Bruce Sprinsteen as a walk in in downtown Philly. She said 'that must have been the really good celeb walk in. I said he wasn't quite that famous in the 70's as he is now. he husband hid in the lobby as she paid. A real class act this one.

    Posted by: richard s | Sep 23, 2008 3:04:07 PM


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